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United identified Partey’s teammate Marcos Llorente as a possible loan target in the last window, but instead concentrated their efforts on completing the signing of Fernandes.
The 26-year-old confirmed in January he was in talks with his club over a new contract, so it could be that a summer move isn’t viable. But the Ghana international is certainly among the more gifted natural defensive midfielders around Europe right now.
Tonali is another player who has been linked with a move to United in the past, however that’s hardly be happening given the amount of United transfer speculation that does the rounds daily.
Yet at just 19 years old and boasting an excellent record in Serie A this season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could do much worse than the Brescia starlet.
He has been named the new Andrea Pirlo in the Italian media — though the great man himself distanced himself from such comparisons.
“He is very good but he is different from me on the pitch,” said Pirlo.
“He has everything to be a champion but he is more a midfielder for a two-man midfield. He could already play for a great team; he is the best in this league.”
Brozovic is currently enjoying a stellar rise and is now into his fourth season at Inter Milan.
For the 27-year-old it would be difficult to leave the San Siro as Antonio Conte tries to turn the Nerazzurri into Serie A title winners once again, but he has all the features United would be looking for.
A tough tackler, a leader and a presence in the centre of the pitch — someone who would be natural playing alongside Fred — the Red Devils would be wise to consider the experienced Inter star.